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Monday, November 17, 2008

Moore Appears Petty with Comments about Press, Zuma Dogg

Mayoral candidate Walter Moore has worked hard in an effort to reach the upper stratosphere of seekers to the throne of Mayor Villaraigosa but recent comments by Moore show that he may not be that gracious about it.

In an article in the Daily News reviewing the (mostly) eccentric lot of folks who've signed up to run for Mayor, Moore dismisses them as "People who should be wearing foil hats, and probably are."  Of particular note was a statement by Moore directed towards local activist/artist/blogger Zuma Dogg.  Complaining about press coverage of his campaign Moore claimed that local journalists "lump me together with some guy who thinks he's an exorcist or some homeless guy who wears a ski cap and sunglasses. We are not in the same league." 

Following the Daily News article Zuma Dogg shot back at his blog accusing Moore of being a one-note candidate, saying "I decided to run for mayor after my experience at city hall as an advocate. He decided to run for mayor because he lost the past eight other times."

In the last year since Moore began his campaign for Mayor he's achieved quite a bit for a grass roots candidate, raising nearly $200,000 in individual contributions and has built a relatively respectable foundation for a campaign organization.  However Moore appears petty when he complains about his press coverage and makes snippy remarks about other candidates.

If Walter Moore is serious about his campaign for Mayor he needs to concentrate on appearing more distinguished, focus his criticism on Villaraigosa (not the press nor Zuma Dogg) and lay out a series of initiatives to address the issues that are important to Angelenos.  Anything less and he's just playing games.

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Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

Following the Daily News article Zuma Dogg shot back at his blog accusing Moore of being a one-note candidate, saying "I decided to run for mayor after my experience at city hall as an advocate. He decided to run for mayor because he lost the past eight other times."

Wow...that sounds like a very effective candidate retort to me. No foil hat needed.

Zuma, you got my vote.

November 17, 2008 6:35 AM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

That Walter and Zuma Dogg shoot for the top slot in the city instead of going for city council seats (less fundraising needed, consolidated areas to campaign, decent pay, great avenue to shore up allies/city/statewide support) shows me that they are simply not serious, and frankly, rather disconnected from reality.

That they snipe at each other when they do get ink only confirms it for me.

November 17, 2008 10:07 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Jack Hoff, you are still the same delusional, mindreader as usual. And your own friends don't like you. They try to defend/minimize your nuttiness, saying you aren't really that bad of a guy, and all that. But again, they paint you as something pretty pathetic. BUT, the main point is, THERE YOU GO AGAIN, trying to read my mind, and claim to know my intentions and passions.

What a coward you are, sitting there in the peanut gallery, pretending you're Brett Mussberger or some sports commentator. But you're just a sad, pathetic, sideline loser. And your analysis is all twisted and just plain wrong.

I know it's only November, but you get the "LOSER of the Year Award" (again), loser.

And now I will be talking on the phone to your friends about what a pathetic loser you are, and they will try and tell me you are not really a bad guy.

HEY LOSER,what have YOU done?

November 17, 2008 10:44 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

Hey Jack, you dumb-ass...your analysis on why I should have run for Council instead of Mayor is completely off.

It's way easier to get signatures for Mayor, cause you can get them from anyone in the city, not just one council district.

AND, as someone who is known just as much in ALL districts, that's called market consolidation, you loser-idiot.

Many people who run for council have support in their own hometown district (area). But ZD is known in Marina Del Rey AND Northeast LA and everywhere else between, equally.

That's the tough part. So that's why MAYOR, not Council. AND, i'm not interested in being one vote out of 15, when everything will pass, anyway.

So if I want as much control and leverage over the situation, one out of fifteen ain't gonna do it.

AND, it's tough to get the city wide recognition that I have achieved...

and once again, Jack Hoff is a f*cking moron. Why do you even continue.

You are such a loser, it's more sad and patheic. Hey, I wanted to be a professional basketball player when I was younger. It wasn't in the cards. I moved on. You should move on. Try writing nursery school books, or something for young kids. That's more you level.

Anyway, thanks for being my comedy pinata, jack. Can I stop by your garage for some music jamming?

November 17, 2008 10:51 AM  

Blogger readingnews said:

That all is the part that Moore has to overcome if he wants votes. It was Antonio as the only game in town before Moore moved up as a challenger.

Then it was Moore as the only game in town before Zuma Dogg joined the challenge to Antonio's reign.

I have always sensed that ther is an absence of people-person skills and that missing talent or learned behavior has hurt Moore. His reliance on facts, intellect, education and the rest of his positives components is just too much of a cold presentation that still fails to outweigh that off-putting style of his.

The reported comments of Moore operate as an even stronger demonstration of that observation; he's digging a deeper hole for himself in that area, and that's what people - those regular people who maybe DIDN'T go to Ivy League schools- will resent as bragging, being snobbish or other things that are turn-offs and don't bring you more votes.

I favored Walter, grudgingly so, for all those reasons. I admit that I was skeptical of the idea when Zuma announced he was really filing, but the job may actually be best filled by somebody who works on city matters, and by somebody who isn't planning on ultimately moving on to greener pastures as soon as that next opportunity comes up.

The Daily News editorial last week unfairly criticized Moore on his lack of political experience as an office holder before making a run for higher office, in this case, Mayor.

There's many who have succeeded while being within that description, and it may be a good thing since there's not been all the tainting and corruption we see with "seasoned" politicians, most readily observed on the city to state scenes, with the numerous and frequent examples.

AND, the 11% Mayor isn't even here in L.A. What does he miss that could help the city by that m.o.? Lots. And certainly his attention was diverted with campaigning for Hillary Clinton, and then Obama; and in breaks from that, working on personal fundraisers.

The city doesn't have a mayor NOW. It's Tony's advisors and special interests influencing or simply making the decisions on city business. So, back to experience, JUST STAYING IN THE CITY and knowing local issues and caring about the impact on people would be a MAJOR and COMPLETELY DIFFERENT case than you have now.

Who COULDN'T handle things better than Antonio? (but being a snob may make the "schlub" factor actually drive up support for Antonio- since he's just the common guy, even "like us" to some people.)

We who care about things all know Tony has entirely transformed himself into a complete A-hole in multiple respects,including lying to the people and being a publicity-whore, but we are not the majority and Tony has thrived so far by using such deceptions.

Tony has managed to incoporate a particular speech pattern that punctuates, quite literally, his sentences with an "aH" alternating with an "Uh", as last seen and heard during the press conference on the fires yesterday. That might be the "Pinochio Syndrome"- the intruding sounds come up when he is telling lies instead of having a nose that stretches out. Could that be karma in action? It all fits the case.

Lighten up, Walter. You're going in the wrong direction to collect votes. I side with Zuma.

November 17, 2008 12:18 PM  

Blogger JustSayAmy said:

Zuma Dogg, if you are homeless (and I apologize if I am mistaken), what are you using for a street address? Don't you have to establish residency within the city?

How do you do this if you do not have an address?

November 17, 2008 12:21 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

Zuma, I don't think this is a very good approach to getting my vote...!

November 17, 2008 12:41 PM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

That "no name calling" rule didn't last very long did it?

Can't wait for Mayor Sam to advise Zuma Dogg to be more distinguished, as he did to Moore.

The odds are that he won't because these playground rants, MS thinks, increase hits.

November 17, 2008 1:41 PM  

Blogger Heather said:

What needs to happen is the candidates make a pact together like they did against Hahn and all go after Villaraigosa not eachother. Its better campaigning when stating the obvious that the Mayor has been a diaster in this city. He's going to try and use public safety which is a joke cause 4 years ago he voted NO to hire more cops by not placing a 1/2 cent sales tax. Police officers cant' stand this Mayor and are making it known to everyone not to vote him in. They are tired of being used as his props and taking credit for THEIR HARD WORK.

November 17, 2008 2:27 PM  

Blogger Joe B. said:

The "no name calling rule" was for a separate thread that I started. I don't make rules for other bloggers posts.

November 17, 2008 2:38 PM  

Blogger westchesterparents.org said:

>> If Walter Moore is serious about his campaign for Mayor he needs to concentrate on appearing more distinguished

Walter Moore has been doing this for the last year. I don't think the Daily News was that fair in lumping him with the others.

As for losing 8 times? He lost only -once- as a candidate for Mayor that I know of. That's Ok. You have to start somewhere. That puts him in the same category as Hertzberg, Parks, Soboroff, and other distinguished candidates.

Moore does need a professional web site though.

November 17, 2008 3:05 PM  

Blogger anonymous said:

2:27 I agree but I think they should concentrate on their own platforms first. If AV starts attacking them, then they should all attack him. They should not be attacking each other. They are not the competition. Antonio is the competition.

November 17, 2008 4:44 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

12:21 Amy, regarding "homeless" and street address. You are able to use certain street intersections that are recognized in the City Clerk's computer.

They verified it before issuing the petitions.

And Jack Hoff...you MUST be kidding if you think I would change what I say about you, to kiss ass for a vote. Go do something with you life, you life-loser.

November 17, 2008 5:49 PM  

Blogger g said:


November 17, 2008 5:55 PM  

Blogger Anonymous said:

Reality check:

1. There is no way for them to go after AV because they have no money with which to do so, there will be no debates, and posting on this blog isn't going to do the trick.

2. Platforms don't count for crap if no one knows what it is, and even then it might not mean anything.

3. What each challenger needs is a strategy through which they can win. I haven't read even a modest attempt by any of them to describe that.

4. Those are are in this just to feed their egos and hopefully find a larger audience for their silliness, will continue attacking the others because it's all they have to offer.

5. There is not the slighest chance that AV will attack them because none of them are strong enough challengers to be theatening, attacking them would only give them an opportunity to get publicity that they otherwise couldn't get, and doing so would make AV look scared.

November 17, 2008 6:25 PM  

Blogger anonymous said:

6:04 Anyone can get a blogger account, make their name "anonymous," make it so no one can see their profile. You're just as anonymous as before. Why does Higby want people to sign in anyway? What's the point?

November 17, 2008 6:44 PM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

3. What each challenger needs is a strategy through which they can win. I haven't read even a modest attempt by any of them to describe that.

My strategy is that I have attended all those council meetings over the past two and a half years and people have seen what I am about and what I stand for on the issues...PLUS, I have called radio and people know where I stand on things from that, too.

So even if ZD doesn't hit them with a flier or TV commerical or billboard...when they get to the polls and see "Zuma Dogg" on the ballot...a lot of people may punch the chad for "ZD" pulling votes from the mayor.

AND, between now and then, you never know what can happen in the media. ZD was already on VH1, PBS, KCAL 9, KNBC 4...so you never know...maybe ZD will get another round of media coverage for the mayoral race?

But even if all ZD media and publicity and appearances on City TV 35 and radio ended today...

My strategy is that I've already done my "home work" -- and it's just about getting my name on the ballot for those who already know me and want ZD to take it to the next level can vote for me.

AND, you never know what can happen between now and March in the media.

So that's my strategy. Is it a winning one? I don't know if I'll win the election, but I'm a winner for raising awareness on the corruption running rampant inside City Hall.

And, maybe all my TV 35, radio, and public access (eight year's worth) is worth a couple hundred thousand?

November 17, 2008 8:27 PM  

Blogger Jack Hoff said:

Geez, Zuma...

Does this mean I won't be invited to Thanksgiving at your intersection this year?

November 17, 2008 8:29 PM  

Blogger Heather said:

Publicity doesn't cost a dime. All anyone has to do is show up where the gang banger mayor and his hatchet man four eyed, bald headed Ace Smith go and protest with huge signs that read 'DO NOTHING MAYOR ONLY IN LOS ANGELES 11% OF THE TIME. that will get attention.

November 18, 2008 6:37 AM  

Blogger Dockweiler_Mutt-tt said:

Even for someone that dislikes our accomplishment-deficient mayor as much as I do, watching two "gad-fleas" like Wacko Walter and Wacko-Would-be-an-Improvement Z-Dogg (TOO small and TOO insignificant to be called "gad-flies") fight over Tony V's publicity table scraps is just too much fun.

It won't be a completely boring race. OH, it'll be quick, easy, and a huge primary landslide for His Uselessness, Mayor Tony (unfortunately), but it won't be a total snore.

And, to paraphrase what someone else once said (and Joe Biden repeated without attribution), people will forgive their politicans anything, EXCEPT being boring.

November 18, 2008 11:45 AM  

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